Wolverton Agora

URBED have been working alongside Mikhail Riches, Mole Architects, and Civic Engineers, on a £25 million project to redevelop the site of the Agora shopping centre in Wolverton, Milton Keynes. URBED were originally commissioned by TOWN in 2016 to develop a mixed-use masterplan for the site. This looked to reinstate the historic street pattern that had been lost to the shopping centre, reconnect Radcliffe Street and Church Street with the Square, and create new vibrant streets for a mixed community.

We have since worked with Mikhail Riches and Mole Architects to progress the masterplan, which is based on a grid of tight-knit walkable streets that connect to the existing streets, paths, and backways. This contains a mix of flats and houses, with shops located at ground-floor level along Church Street and the Square, thereby complementing the existing retail.

URBED are now appointed as landscape architect on the project, and have developed a landscaping strategy that proposes a mix of public, private and shared spaces that will enrich the town centre. The central communal gardens of the urban blocks will include a variety of plant species suitable for the dynamic nature-based play spaces, whist creating diversity and seasonal interest for the residences.

The pedestrian friendly public landscape will feature seating spaces, bike racks and robust planting. The urban hardscape will be contrasted with a variety of tree species that add dynamic seasonal interest to the character of the streets and quality of individual spaces. The shared surface residential streets are an extension of the natural environment, inspired by the European ‘Living Streets’ concept. This views the street as a social space with informal play spaces and pedestrian safety in mind, rather than for vehicular mobility.

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